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My wife bought me a violin! Please help me identify it.
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Yes this is true, but she had ulterior motives. It is electric and she insists that I use only it when she is at home and that I play it in "silent mode" using my headphones. I have no information on this violin, so I would really appreciate it if someone out there can tell me who made it, etc.

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Have your tried checkng with the place the violin was purchased? 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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No joy on that one, Cid. It is coming from a thrift store, it is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek gift and it is unmarked. It should be arriving this Friday, so maybe I can get a few clues from a close examination, but I'm guessing that it is a Chinese cheapie. I just hope that it works. If not, then we don't have much invested in it and she did get her point across.

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Keep us posted. I googled electric violins amd looked at all kinds of photos. Did not see one like that.

I wonder if it is an acoustic that someone tirned i to an electric? Drilled holes in the sides to make it easier to put the “whatever” is needed for the nobs on top of it? Just a quick thought. But probably not right. @Irv and all of his experimenting must be wearing off on me. I can see a post in my mind from him doing that. roflol

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It looks lke the satin finish my Mendini has, but a little darker. I lke it.

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I love it Jim! - looks pretty cool, I think we should get you a large amp so you can plug it in as soon as you get it....cheerleader

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Mimi Aysha said
I love it Jim! - looks pretty cool, I think we should get you a large amp so you can plug it in as soon as you get it....cheerleader

  

I've already got two for my electric guitars, but I don't think that my wife had that in mind when she bought it for me 😘

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Well, it's here. The good news is that it is in near pristine condition. There isn't a mark on it. The bad news is that there isn't a mark on it. I mean I still have no idea who made this thing. The seams and joints are all solid and the wood used at least looks pretty good. In fact, it's built like a tank. It  looks to be fairly good, moderately flamed maple used in the back, no real flame in the sides and the top looks to be a nice piece of wood. I'm not a Luther and cannot determine for sure what kind of wood it is by just looking at it, but the top looks like spruce to me. It's even pretty tightly grained at about 26 to 28 lines per inch. The inside has been sprayed an opaque dark brown, so I can't really determine if what I'm looking at is real flame and grain, etc. or some sort of photo engraving. Nowadays it can be done so well that It's hard to tell unless you can see both sides of the wood. The instrument is quite a bit heavier than my acoustic violin, but I sort of expected that. Part of it is that the top and back are much thicker than what is on an acoustic violin. It came to me without a bridge. I put a new, virgin one on that I had, but it will need one slightly higher than that one and possibly a replacement nut as well. The action is just a bit too low for my taste. I'll take it to the local shop and get a professional opinion on all of the above, but I'm quite pleased and grateful for the gift. Oh yes, I almost forgot. Yes, it works just fine too.

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Glad that you like it.😁

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but the one who needs the least."

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@JiminTexas .  The bridge feet need to be flat to make good contact with the piezo transducer.  While the bridge is off the violin, tap the transducer with a small screw driver or similar.  Only half the contact transmits sound.  You want that half under the bass foot of the bridge.  

Also while the bridge is off, lift off the contact to see what type of screws were used to hold the plastic housing on the violin.  They should be flat heads.  Since it is a hidden area, the Chinese tend to use whatever fastener they have available.  

Good luck.

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Irv said
@JiminTexas .  The bridge feet need to be flat to make good contact with the piezo transducer.  While the bridge is off the violin, tap the transducer with a small screw driver or similar.  Only half the contact transmits sound.  You want that half under the bass foot of the bridge.  

Also while the bridge is off, lift off the contact to see what type of screws were used to hold the plastic housing on the violin.  They should be flat heads.  Since it is a hidden area, the Chinese tend to use whatever fastener they have available.  

Good luck.

  

I have a better idea. I'm going to take it to someone that really knows what he's doing and let him do it. Besides, he might have some idea of who made this thing.

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JiminTexas said

.........I have a better idea. I'm going to take it to someone that really knows what he's doing and let him do it. Besides, he might have some idea of who made this thing.

ROFL. That's great!

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